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Dangerous Hurricane Willa Probed By NASA and Japan’s GPM Satellite
22 October 2018
Hurricane Willa is a major hurricane threatening western Mexico. Forecasters were able to see the rate of rainfall occurring within the powerful storm when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM's core satellite passed overhead and provided that data.
On 22 Oct., the National Hurricane Center or NHC noted that "Will became a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale and is expected to produce life-threatening storm surge, wind, and rainfall over portions of west-central and southwestern Mexico."
Image credit: NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce - GPM passed above Willa on October 21, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. EDT (1951 UTC).